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The Payoff Pitch – Stan “The Fan” Charles

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This week, I’m joined by Baltimore sports talk icon Stan “The Fan” Charles of Press Box and PressBoxOnline.com. How much longer can the Orioles keep running David Hess & Dan Straily out there to get beat around? Where are the potential future relievers on this team? What’s up with the lack of fundamentals? Stan and I disagree about Trey Mancini’s future in Baltimore, and plenty of more great O’s talk! Thanks for listening to the Payoff Pitch c/o D&L Professional Window Tinting.

Weather Looks Good for O’s-Yankees

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The upcoming week features a long four-game set with the New York Yankees coming to town. With the traditional 7:05 start time Monday-Wednesday the weather looks to cooperate for all these start times with just a chance of a storm today but before the designated start time. If there is a game that may be affected by weather it would be Thursday but with the get-away day start time of 12:35, it should allow time to get the game in before afternoon and evening storms build in from the west. […]

ESR Interview: Willy Yahn “Just Tries to Win”

Willy Yahn is an infielder drafted by the Orioles in the 25th round of the 2017 draft. He is currently playing for High-A Frederick, where he is hitting .306/.317/.488 in 32 games. He was kind enough to sit down with ESR’s Matt Pyne for an interview. Listen or read the transcript below. Matt: So Willy, you were a standout at UConn, did you ever get a chance to meet George Springer? I know you probably didn’t get a chance to play with him. Willy Yahn: Yeah, I met him a […]

Revisiting the Manny Machado Trade – 10 Months Out

Yusniel Diaz finishes his swing.
On July 18 of last season, the most bittersweet – yet expected – move finally came to fruition. The Orioles traded superstar Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In return, the Orioles received outfielder Yusniel Diaz, right-handers Dean Kremer and Zach Pop, and infielders Rylan Bannon and Breyvic Valera. At the time, MLB Pipeline only had three of the five pieces ranked in the Dodgers’ top-30 prospects: Diaz fourth-best, Bannon 27th, and Kremer 28th. At the end of the 2018 season, this is where they ranked in the O’s […]

Should DJ Stewart Get a Call-Up?

DJ Stewart watches a pitch.
The Orioles played another very unfortunate baseball game last night, in which they bashed Cleveland Indians Ace and Terrible Human Being Trevor Bauer for seven runs and yet still got doubled up on. The Tribe hadn’t put up double-digit runs yet in 2019, but they posted two touchdowns on Baltimore, thanks in large part to plays like this: Oof. Here's how not to play defense.pic.twitter.com/May44vHM3Z — Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) May 17, 2019 At 14-29, the Orioles are exactly who we thought they’d be here by mid-May. Despite the fact […]

Rain Likely to Impact Series vs. Angels

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Once again, this weekend’s forecast will be challenging as another storm system will be providing showers and storms throughout the weekend. It looks like, at this time, the best game to attend will be Saturday’s, as precipitation should stay to Baltimore’s south, and should hold off to allow for the game thanks to the 4:05 start time. Both this evening’s game and Sunday’s game may present challenges as higher chances of showers will be present. Sunday is the most likely game to be affected, as heavier showers look likely until […]

Thursday Thoughts: Vegas Rumors, Anderson’s Status, & More

A panoramic shot of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. A couple years back, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. (Today we have a Billy Ripken version) – A.S. 1. It was so silly to me to hear all of the scuttlebutt regarding the Orioles potentially moving to Las Vegas over the last week. It all stemmed from an interview given […]

Delmarva Giving O’s Fans Reason for Hope

Blaine Knight pitches.
When we think Low-A professional baseball, ‘excitement’ and ‘compelling’ probably don’t come to mind, but that’s exactly what the Delmarva Shorebirds have been in 2019. Off to a 24-4 start, the Shorebirds are starting to turn some heads. Mainly, they have been led by a young pitching staff full of recent Oriole draft picks. This list includes 2018 picks Grayson Rodriguez (1st Round), Blaine Knight (3rd round), and Drew Rom (4th Round). The Orioles are in full-blown rebuild mode, and to give fans any hope for the future, their lower […]

105.7 Apologizes for “O’s Moving to Vegas” Rumor

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In case you missed all the hubbub, there was a firestorm of sorts in Birdland yesterday. First, let’s get this out of the way: Yesterday during @Bruce45Sports Saturday show, Bruce had attorney Benjamin Neil as a guest. Mr Neil mentioned a rumor involving the Orioles. It should be taken as just that, a rumor. There are no facts to back up his claim. (1 of 3) — Chuck Sapienza (@chucksapienza) May 5, 2019 . @1057TheFan allows our guests a platform to speak on their areas of expertise. Guests that choose […]

Keegan Akin Progressing Through O’s System

Keegan Akin pitches.
Norfolk, VA- Growing up in Michigan, Orioles pitching prospect, Keegan Akin, played football and wrestled along with playing baseball. His junior year of high school, he put all other sports aside and started focusing solely on baseball. His goal was to play college baseball. As Akin put it, “My goal was always to go play college ball. My junior year of high school I started talking to some schools and that was when I quit playing football and basically just stuck with baseball.” The left-handed hurler stuck with baseball and […]

Tampa Not Bringing Rays of Sunshine to OPACY

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The Birds are in for a challenge this weekend with the impressive Rays coming to town. They aren’t the only ones though: we forecasters have our work cut out for us as well. A storm system tracking into the Ohio Valley and Mid Atlantic will produce rounds of shower and thunderstorm activity from Friday afternoon until Sunday Morning. Exactly when these rounds occur is tough to say, and will determine what (if any) impacts they have on the games. At this time, at least a delay appears likely at some […]

Dwight Smith Jr. Has Been a Nice Surprise

It’s not hard to find negative things to talk about in regard to the 2019 Baltimore Orioles. The pitching staff is giving up home runs at a record-setting pace. The team has very few pieces that could be considered “trade bait” as a way to bring more talent into the organization later this summer. Dylan Bundy continues to head in the wrong direction. The defense is making the pitching even worse. As far as positives, they’re obviously fewer and further between. In general, those of us who choose to watch/listen […]

The Payoff Pitch: Prospect Talk with Adam McInturff

Zac Lowther pitching.
The Orioles have been, as expected, a bit tough to watch in 2019. So this week, we head down on the farm with Adam McInturff, Assistant Director of Pro Scouting for 2080Baseball.com. Adam updates us on some pitchers in the Birds’ system, like DL Hall, Zac Lowther, Keegan Akin, and more. We also talk about some bats like Ryan Mountcastle and Austin Hays. Earlier in the show, I answer some questions from listeners. Check out the show below. Thanks for listening!

Thursday Thoughts: Locking Up Mancini Would Make Little Sense

Trey Mancini catches a ball at first base.
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. A couple years back, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. (Today we have a Billy Ripken version) – A.S. 1. There’s been some bluster over the last few weeks about the fact that the Orioles are one of a handful of teams that haven’t handed out an extension to any players. […]

The Warehouse – Episode 32: Home Run Barrage

How much attention are you paying to this year’s Orioles? You can be honest. This is a safe place. There are a lot of options out there. Game of Thrones is wrapping up its run on TV. There is yet another Avengers movie in theaters. And don’t pretend that you aren’t at least a little excited to see the live-action Aladdin with Will Smith as the Genie. The Orioles aren’t exactly making it a difficult choice. There is plenty of blame to go around, but it all starts and ends […]

Thursday Thoughts: Stop the Position-Player-Pitching Madness

This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. A couple years back, I cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. (Today we have a Billy Ripken version) – A.S. 1. No one should be surprised at the demotion this week of Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins. Neither fans, nor coaches or even Mullins himself can fret at the fact that he […]

The Payoff Pitch – Juice & Juiced Balls

Miguel Castro pitches.
Today on the show, I go over some of the Birds’ recent roster moves, including designating Mike Wright for assignment and optioning Cedric Mullins to AAA. I also climb on my soapbox a bit about some silly Chris Davis speculation. Fellow ESR blogger Dillon Atkinson joins me to talk about his recent pieces on John Means and Miguel Castro. Listen here: Until next week…